Tranquility in the heart of Melbourne
The pool and spa at Virgin Active Health Centre, 567 Collins Street represents a true amalgamation of philosophies of modern design, health and wellbeing, technical difficulty in design and quality in construction. Within Virgin Active Health Centre there is a 25m x 10m x 1.2 m deep lap pool and spa with submerged stainless steel seats and integral lounge seats. Ancillary to the pool works are state of the art facilities such as a sauna, gym area, climbing wall, cafe and wellness zones.
The client, Virgin Active, wanted to provide their members with a tranquil experience in an aquatic environment based in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Several factors were overcome by the team to achieve this. The team consisted of our company, ADCO Constructions as the head contractor and Ceramic Solutions who completed the tiling and stainless steel installations.
We worked closely with the project architects, consultants, engineers and finishing trades to achieve a high end product, building the structural elements to tight tolerances and tile modules. Unlike domestic pool construction, we box and poured the structure with the tiles adhered directly to the off form concrete. This also means that waterproof jointing between wall and floor pours is critical, especially when the pool is located above the buildings main foyer. A critical design feature championed by our company was the gutter design. The intention was to reduce noise created from overflow into the wet deck gutters while the pool was in operation. The need for this resulted from a desire to ensure the experience remained relaxing and tranquil for the end user while in the pool and spa space. During construction, all materials and equipment had to be transferred up and elevator to the pool and spa area. In this area we were provided a host structure to construct the pool within.
The pool and spa were finished with Agrob Buchtal tiles imported from Germany. They are market leaders in innovation and product quality. The finishes including submerges stainless steel lounges, integral lounges, stainless steel water spouts and stainless steel strip jets all create a high end aesthetic in line with the philosophy of the overall design.
This pool was a success, winning the Gold Award for Best Pool Over $250,000 at the SPASA Awards of Excellence 2016.